Inside the Studio: Color Inspirations

Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!

Congratulations to Lyn Gulliver!  You have won of a £15 voucher for either Songbead or The Curious Bead Shop. Please email Rebecca to claim your prize.


I’m back again. Today I’m sharing about color, one of my favorite parts of my job is working with colors, mixing my own colors in clay and paint, creating color palettes for my beads and using color in my jewelry designs. I can’t get enough. In fact my color class that I took in art school was the best money I ever spent!

Here you can see the first step of my creative process is mixing up colors of clay.

The seasons do influence my color choices, along with fashion color trends. I’m feeling the spring blossoms this week.
I love heading to my Pinterest Color Palettes board for a quick dose of color inspiration. And then my Spring 2016 Trend board is filled with colors that are big this year and that I find beautiful. Trends are worth much if you’re not loving them! 
And also I have some color influences that make me swoon, those are usually from art history and I am still crushing hard on the Bloosmbury Group art and Vanessa Bell’s Charleston House. 

If you’d like a little trend and color forecasting you can check out the Pinterest boards of Stringing Magazine Submission Guidelines. They have boards of upcoming trends that they will feature in their magazine.

Of course nature is THE expert on color. I always have my camera on hand to capture inspirations like this tiger moth that landed on my front door one day.
And some colors are part of my personal palette as an artist and show up again and again. 
What  color combination are you most digging right now?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 Humblebeads.com gift certificate. 

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29 Comment

  1. Michele Dell
    March 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Loving bright neon colors right now!

  2. Susan Diethman
    March 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I am working with pastel sea green leather and natural pink and peach freshwater pearls today with antique silver….beachy beachy….considering I am visiting my daughter in Southern Florida

  3. Susan Diethman
    March 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I am working with pastel sea green leather and natural pink and peach freshwater pearls today with antique silver….beachy beachy….considering I am visiting my daughter in Southern Florida

  4. Julie Leake
    March 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Oh those peach and yellows of your birdies are scrumptious, so very Spring!!

  5. Page
    March 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Hope I'm doing this right. But my favorite combo is a shiny salmon with an indigo blue with an antique white highlight.

  6. coffeelizard
    March 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I love your Floral Fantasy Post on your 2016 Winter Pantone Board on Pinterest. I like seeing these colors year round either as the main color or as the 'pop of color' accents with solid background clothing.
    Becki Coffman

  7. Buttercup
    March 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Loving all of your color combo's. Very Spring like colors. Beautiful!!

  8. Buttercup
    March 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Love all of your color combo's. Very spring like. Gorgeous!!

  9. bstrung
    March 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Love your beads! So glad I spotted your FB post link to your website.

  10. SueBeads
    March 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I'm making a lot of beads in transparent wispy spring colors! Love your color combos Heather!

  11. Alice
    March 18, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I love your wonderful beads. I prefer the bold colors and colors of nature like green, blue and brown.

  12. Meg
    March 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I am perpetually into navy and a bright but olive-y green.

  13. Elizabeth
    March 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Red used to be my favorite color but then turquoise snuck in and grabbed my soul. I usually tend towards blues, greens, coolness. Lately, I've been attracted to red, a cool red, but red nonetheless. Colorplay is always amazing.

  14. Kathy Lindemer
    March 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I had to check out the Bloosmbury Group since I was not familiar with it. I fell in love with the pale muted blues in the pictures. I especially like how they are combined with golden yellows frequently.

  15. sue hammer
    March 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    thanks for sharing!!

  16. andrea Porter
    March 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I love color so much it's difficult to to pick a favorite for right now. I really like a combination of pink and green and orange and green. And turquoise. I will always go back to turquoise. ��

  17. Divya N
    March 19, 2016 at 4:57 am

    In terms of jewelry I am in love with icy blues, frosted silver and white right now. the place where I live is so hot and these colors are really cooling

  18. beadrecipes
    March 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I think I'm just a colour junkie! Hmm, my favourites do tend to be purples, blues and greens of all kinds.

  19. Ann Schroeder
    March 19, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This post is full of the most gorgeous photos. My favorite way to spend a Saturday morning! I love all colors so much, and bright colors make my heart jump the most. But lately, I've really fallen in love with all the pastels. Thanks for the links to all the great Pinterest boards!

  20. Sarajo Wentling
    March 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    After a long, grey Minnesota winter I'm yearning for BRIGHTS! I'm really digging turquoise mixed with a tangerine yellow/orange. I also always love a deep teal with orange. Yum!

  21. freshbakeddesigns
    March 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Working on a necklace with tassel of buttercream silk ribbon. Pairing that with some shades of spring green and carved stone beads in neutral colors.

  22. graypeape
    March 20, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I bought a vintage Hawaiian shirt recently with the most beautiful colors, violet, orange, cinnamon brown, emerald, & a deep sapphire blue. they're really inspiring me right now!

  23. BluMoon
    March 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Love the colour pallets you have created they are absolutely beautiful!

  24. Linda
    March 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Coral and turquoise in beachy themes is making me happy right now.

  25. Klassy Joolz
    March 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Love the Tiger Moth…so beautiful! Great idea! I love purples and greens…

  26. Kristina
    March 21, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Lime green and purple are what I'm digging right now.

  27. KimG
    March 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    The spring colors are so beautiful, I saved them as a jpg. Always love your bird beads, Heather.

  28. Karen M
    March 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    You're getting me in the mood for spring!! Love the new colors and as always your work is beautiful.

  29. Janea aka Naya
    March 21, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Mint, Navy & Coral. Loving it with White. But quality Navy beads are not the easiest to fine I've found.

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